This was the most amazing performance of American Idol this year and probably of every other year past! This kid is truly amazing, especially for his age. If you didn't see this on Tuesday night take a few minutes and see it now. You won't be disappointed!
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Yesterday morning Steven and I were shocked to get the news that our friend Barb Terry had died. We had both worked with Barb at different times at USBank and we both considered her a friend. Her death was very sudden and very disturbing to both of us. She was 39 years old, a single mother of two (the youngest being only 8 months old) and she died from a blood clot that had developed in her knee, went undetected and ended up in her heart. They're thinking that the blood clot was a development of her pregnancy with Joseph, and 8 months later it ended up killing her.
When Steven called me yesterday morning to tell me the news I just started shaking. It didn't seem possible, it seemed like I had just seen her the other day. I immediately started thinking about her kids. Kaitlyn is 12 and is a total momma's girl and Joseph is so little and still so dependent on her. My mind keep racing over what would happen to them now that their mother was gone! Then I started to think what if it was me? What if it was my kids that were left behind- yes they have their dad, but what if he was gone too? All of these thoughts are very depressing but something like this really makes you confront your own mortality, and it's not a pretty picture.
We realized we don't have a will, we don't have nearly enough life insurance, we are not prepared for the inevitable end that has to come to all of us at some point but is still very elusive. So we will begin now to get our affairs in order starting with a will and a living will, funeral plans and getting more insurance. That way we know that our kids will be taken care of, and it will be done according to our wishes, and not decided by the courts after we are gone.
The other thing Barb's death did was to put things in perspective. I, like others, can get very wrapped up in petty and unimportant things. I don't want to do that. If tomorrow never comes I want my kids to remember me playing with them, not yelling at them, hugging them, not spanking them. I want my husband to remember the gentle side of me, not the nagging side that tends to come out when I'm frustrated with him. I want my friends and family to know that I love them and to not have to wonder when I'm gone. Yes all of this takes more work and we can't always be perfect, but I want my family's and friends memories to be good and happy.
Thanks Barb for waking us up! Thank you for your friendship. You were a great friend. You loved everybody and made people feel good about themselves. I just have to say- Barb, you rock!!!! We love you!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This weekend Steven and I attended the annual ski trip with a group of our friends. They started this about 12 or 15 years ago because several of them have birthdays in the month of February. So every President's Day weekend we go up to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceberg, IN for the Saturday midnight ski. We ski from 9:00pm until 1:00am and just have a blast! Who would've thought that when I started dating my husband nine years ago that he would turn me into a skier, but he has and now it's my favorite thing about winter. Granted we are talking about skiing down the side of hills in Indiana (albeit pretty big hills!) but you've got to start somewhere right?!?!? I hope to one day ski on a real mountain, maybe in Utah or Colorado or anywhere that's not Indiana. But for right now I am perfectly content with navigating Far Side (our favorite trail), Backstage, Showtime, and Clyde's Superslide. But even after 8 years I've yet to try out Center Stage, which is this hill right in the middle of all of the trails and is a straight drop. Well, it has some slope to it obviously but not quite enough for my taste. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to try it....then again, maybe not!
But it was really fun and I'm looking forward to doing it next February, if I don't get to a real hill instead!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I have two of the funniest kids in the world! They make me laugh every day and every day I am so thankful that they are mine! Like I said, we've been starting to put things in boxes and packed away so that we can put the condo on the market (or have I mentioned yet that we're moving?!?!?!). I was working in their room on Tuesday and just when I had everything clean and looking great here come the tornados! They can't let anything stay clean for long, especially not their room. They got into the stuffed animal cabinet and dumped out all of the animals, and then spent a good 30 minutes playing in the cabinet. Bri shut Jonah inside and then Jonah shut Bri inside, and then they crawled in together. I'm kind of glad they had the idea though! Not only did it make for great pictures (that will eventually be totally cute scrapbook pages) but it prompted us to box up all of the animals and get them out of the way too! Thanks kids, for the laughs and all of your inspiration (whether it was intentional or not!!!!) I love you both so much!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
That's Brianna's favorite phrase right now, "Come here, snuggle with me!". She is quite the snuggle bug, especially when she's tired. She'll look at you and say "Let's go snuggle" and you know in about 5 minutes she's gonna be out.
Well, we did get the snow we were expecting, not quite 3-5 inches here but we definitely got the ice. Even NKU was delayed this morning so the roads must have been pretty nasty. Luckily I didn't have to find out because my practicum school was closed so we slept in til 9:30! YEAH! I love snow days! (one more reason to be a teacher!!! Who else gets snow days?)
Oh and an update on our closets. We got our bedroom looking awesome and my job today is the kids room you know, since I've got a snow day. And then the hall closet and we'll be ready to list! I'll post pics when we're done but so far I'm really proud of all the work we've done. Have a great day everyone! Stay safe wherever you are!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Our realtor stopped by yesterday afternoon to do a walk through of the condo and tell us what needs to be done to get it on the market. We knew we needed to do a few things (like shampoo the carpets) but we were thinking there'd be a lot more to do. He thought the carpets were the only thing we really needed to worry about. Well, that and cutting down on the clutter. He said that basically if we don't use it every day it needs to be boxed up and moved out!!!!! WHAT?!?!?! Boy, do I have my work cut out for me! I am the queen of clutter so I am NOT looking forward to this! (But Big Lots already loves me since I spent almost $70 there yesterday buying rubbermaid totes for clothes and blankets!!!)
Yes, that is my wedding veil. (Don't ask!!!)
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
My friend Brtini has tagged me for a meme, which as the name suggests is all about me! (and this blog!) I've never done one of these before since I'm new to blogging but I'm kind of excited!
Here are the rules:
1) Post about the meme and link back to the person that tagged you.
2) Go back to your archives and link to your five favorite posts.
Link 1: Must be about your family.
Link 2: Must be about your friends.
Link 3: Must be about yourself.
Link 4: Must be about something you love.
Link 5: Must be whatever you want.
3) Tag five other people (at least two must be new acquaintances so that you can get to know them better).
4) Let the person know that you tagged them by leaving a comment saying something like: I've tagged you. Check out my blog for details.
5) Readers, don't forget to read the posts and leave comments - lots of comments.
So here we go!
Post 1) Something about my family. Well right now I think it would be the post Good News...No Great News because this is what's going on in our life right now!
Post 2) Something about frieds. Well this post is about our family trip to see our good friends the Newtons in Kansas City.
Post 3) Something about yourself. This post was from Thanksgiving where I listed what I'm thankful for.
Post 4) About something I love: Um.. that one's easy! I love the broadway show "Wicked" and got to see it last month! Check out this post, One "Wicked" Night.
Post 5) I couldn't pick just one for this so I picked two! Here they are: Fischer Look-alike-meter Jonah and Fischer Look-alike-meter Brianna. Gotta love my kids!
So there they are. My favorite posts so far! Some of these might be a stretch to fit the categories but like I said, I don't have that many to choose from!
Now it's my turn! I tag
4) Sarah at Sarah's Musings
So you all have been tagged! I can't wait to see what your posts are!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Super Tuesday is under way in 24 states around the country right now and I don't know about you but I am super excited to see how it will all pan out! It's also fat Tuesday. For those of you who aren't familiar with fat Tuesday it is the day before Ash Wednesday which ushers in the Lenten season leading up to Easter. In the old days people used the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday to eat and drink as much as they could to prepare for the fasting and abstaining that was required by the church during Lent. The guidelines for fasting and abstaining aren't as strict as they used to be but many people still enjoy the tradition of fat Tuesday.
I had quite a few people ask me to share the recipe for the Maryland crab cakes and the cheesy pepper quesadillas from this weeks' menu plan, so here they are. They are both from Cooking for 2 magazine from spring 2005. I haven't made the crab cakes before but the recipe sounded wonderful, not too bready (???). If anyone else tries them tell what your families think!
Maryland Crab Cakes
2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1 Tbsp minced celery
1 Tbsp minced green pepper
1 tsp butter
2 Tbsp egg substitute
2 Tbsp mayo
2 Tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 tsp seafood seasoning (like Old Bay)
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
6 oz fresh or canned crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
1 Tbsp canola oil
Tarter sauce, optional
In a small skillet, saute the onion, celery and green pepper in butter until tender. In a bowl, comine the egg substitute and mayo. Add the veggies, bread crumbs, seafood seasoning, mustard and Worchestershire sauce; mix well. Fold in crab. Shape into four cakes.
In a skillet, cook cakes in oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with tarter sauce if desired. Serving size: 2 cakes each
**This recipe only serves two people so you may have to up ingredients to feed the amount of people in your family that will be eating them.**
Cheesy Pepper Quesadillas
1 Tbsp butter, melted
2 flour tortialls (8 in)
1/2 C shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/4 C shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 C julienned sweet yellow pepper
1/4 C julienned sweet red pepper
1/4 C julienned red onion
Garlic salt; optional
Salsa and sour cream; optional
Brush butter over both sides of tortillas. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Over half of each tortilla, sprinkle 1 Tbsp Monterey jack cheese and 1 Tbsp cheddar cheese; layer with peppers, onion, garlic salt if desired and remaining cheeses. Fold tortillas over filing.
Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut into wedges. Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired. Serves 2.
**Again you may have to double or even triple this depending on how many you have in your family.**
So I hope you all enjoy these. I know I'm looking forward to them! Have a great day!
Monday, February 4, 2008
Lent begins this week so you'll notice seafood or vegetarian dishes on Wednesday and Friday of this week and every Friday from here until Easter! Some weeks I might get lucky and we'll hit up a local fish fry since there are a million in this area but we'll see! So here's what we're eating this week!
Tuesday 2/05: Pinto beans and ham, corn bread
Wednesday 2/06 (ash Wednesday): cheesy pepper quesadillas, spanish rice
Thursday 2/07: spinach turkey burgers, french fries
Friday 2/08: Maryland crab cakes, salad
Saturday 2/09: date night!
Sunday 2/10: savory herb chicken, brown rice, green beans (this has been on the menu for like 2 two weeks now, but I'm determined it will get made this week!!!!)
So happy eating everyone! And check out Orgjunkie for over 200 menu plans from around the world! (Literally!!!)
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I'm sitting here tonight watching Superbowl XLII (which, I must admit has been a pretty boring game!!!!) and I was thinking about what a "super" week we have this week! Not only is tonight the Superbowl, but Tuesday is Super Tuesday, which holds the fate of the country in it's hands! Or at the very least, the fate of who will be commander and chief for the country in it's hands. And that's enough for me to say the fate of the country rests on this day in many respects! I'm not ashamed to admit that I am a conservative Republican, who like most in this country is not too happy with the way things are going. But, I will not settle for a pseudo-conservative like John McCain as the candidate for the republican party for President. I am proud to support Mitt Romney and for those of you who still believe that McCain is a conservative take a look at this video from Morning Joe on Fox News.
If McCain gets the nomination this week, we have turned the presidency over to Hillary Clinton on a silver platter! And personally, I don't want another Clinton in the White House!
But in the end what it all comes down to is this: Educate yourself! Educate yourself about the candiadates and where they stand on issues that are important to you, and then get out there Tuesday and vote! If you don't vote- you don't have the right to complain about the way things are going!!!!